The Lost Roll.

2018, 2021, Favourite, Film, Inspiration, Kodak Portra 800, Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4, Leica M2, Leica M2-R, Life's Little Moments, Portrait, Print, Scanner - Plustek 8200i, Within 200 feet of My House™

I had read about this sort of thing happening to photographers.

A forgotten roll of film, re-discovered years later.

I didn’t think it would happen to me, because I’m usually quick to develop anything I shoot.  Yet there it was, a roll of Kodak Portra 800 mysteriously sitting at the bottom of a drawer I had just finished clearing out.

How did that happen?, I wondered.

I’ve now realized it was one of my (in)famous test rolls.  Used up when I had gotten hold of another M2-R to check out. Most of my shots were severely underexposed because the shutter speeds were off.  I didn’t end up keeping that camera after getting back the first roll.  But there was a second roll, which became this “lost roll”.  It sat untouched, because I wasn’t home-developing colour film at the time, and it was too expensive to pay a lab to develop/scan another roll that was essentially filled with underexposed test shots.

The expiry date on the box says 2018, so I would have used it sometime between 2016-2018.

Yesterday, I developed it.  At home.

There’s a photo of my wife in it.  Two of our dog.  Some scenes from around the house.  A self-portrait.

It’s winter.  Maybe December?

The images are like ghosts from the past.  Frozen in time.  And they are staring back from just before the pandemic, the multiple illnesses in our household, and my job disruption.

Hello strangers. 

Nice to meet you again.

—Peter.

Leica M2-R, Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4, Kodak Portra 800, and Plustek 8200i.

The Californians.

2021, Favourite, Film, Inspiration, Kodak Portra 400, Leica M2, Leica M2-R, Print, Scanner - Plustek 8200i, Voigtländer 50mm f/1.5 Nokton Aspherical, Within 200 feet of My House™

One of the test shots from the roll of film I’ve posted images from over the past week.

Of note, this is from a dark corner of the house, so it was shot at 1/30 sec @ f/1.5.

―Peter.

Leica M2-R, Voigtländer 50mm Nokton f/1.5 ASPH, Kodak Portra 400, and Plustek 8200i.

The Pandemic Portrait, 2.

2021, Favourite, Film, Inspiration, Kodak Portra 400, Leica M2, Leica M2-R, Portrait, Scanner - Plustek 8200i, Voigtländer 50mm f/1.5 Nokton Aspherical, Within 200 feet of My House™

This shot represents the last frame from the roll of film I mentioned in yesterday’s post.  There’s some lens flare (or possibly reflections off the filter?) present, which was a bit of surprise.

I had initially attempted to photograph the same scene with the GFX 100S, but its autofocus system was fooled by the back-lighting, and it just kept locking on to the plant by the window.

Manually focusing a 50+ year old rangefinder camera solved the problem 🙂

—Peter.

P.S. I’m still enjoying the 100S.  It’s the best digital camera I’ve had since the M9.

The Pandemic Portrait, 2 -Prosophos - Leica M2-R -Voigtlander 50mm Nokton 1.5 - Kodak Portra 400

Leica M2-R, Voigtländer 50mm Nokton f/1.5 ASPH, Kodak Portra 400, and Plustek 8200i.

The Pandemic Portrait.

2021, Favourite, Film, Inspiration, Kodak Portra 400, Leica M2, Leica M2-R, Portrait, Q&A, Scanner - Plustek 8200i, Teaching point, Voigtländer 50mm f/1.5 Nokton Aspherical, Within 200 feet of My House™

…or “The Forgotten Film Portrait“.

This is from a roll of film that I started back in the winter.  It’s been sitting in my camera for months, so today I decided to develop and scan it.  The chemicals were prepared back in August (it’s the same chemistry I’ve been using all along), and the lens was untested up until this point.  Given all of this, I wasn’t expecting much.

This is the first frame from the roll. 

Damn.

Honestly, I don’t know why I bother shooting with anything else.

Don’t get me wrong, I could give you plenty of reasons why not to shoot with film:

  • prices have nearly doubled over the past year
  • having the chemicals delivered is not as straightforward as it used to be
  • shooting is less spontaneous compared to digital
  • results (and errors) are not known until well after the moment has passed
  • etc, etc, etc…

And yet, let me repeat:

Damn.

First frame of the roll and I’m DONE.

—Peter.

The Pandemic Portrait - Prosophos - Leica M2-R - Voigtlander 50mm Nokton 1.5 - Kodak Portra 400

Leica M2-R, Voigtländer 50mm Nokton f/1.5 ASPH, Kodak Portra 400, and Plustek 8200i.